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Christmas Bride

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  322 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
When Greg Sterling glances out his hotel window one bleak afternoon, he's startled to see a young woman slip from the park bench where she had been sitting and fall in a crumpled heap to the ground. He races to the woman's aid and vows to help her overcome her desperate circumstances. Soon though, he realizes that his interest in Margaret is more than that of a benefactor. ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published November 7th 1996 by Living Books (first published 1934)
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Victor Gentile
Oct 18, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace Livingston Hill in her new book, “The Christmas Bride” Book Nine in the Love Endures series published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. takes us into the life of Greg Sterling.

From the back cover: “His heart sank more and more over the ghastly thought that perhaps he should never find her again…”

Greg Sterling spent the last ten years out West trying to eke out a living on rough, unforgiving land…until he discovered oil and his fortune was made. With his recently acquired wealth to his name, Greg
Too much religion in this book, detracting from the story, and the message is somewhat inconsistent with Christ's command to feed the hungry, and to judge not. Otherwise, a sweet holiday romance, written in 1934.

Set in New England in the late 1920's during the Great Depression, the story spans Thanksgiving and Christmas. Heartwarming holiday scenes, with the H / h and her kindly old grandparents. Descriptive scenes of the Depression. The author lived through it, so she'd know. Some heartwrenchi
Sharon Chance
Dec 18, 2012 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved Grace Livingstone Hill's books for years, and I'm delighted that they are being reissued now! The Christmas Bride is a gentle story of love, faith and hope and is just a delight to revisit. I highly recommend this charming books!
Jan 06, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Gregory Sterling is suddenly a man of the world after the discovery of oil on his property. When he witnessed Margaret McLaren fall he took it upon himself to assist in her care however he could despite the questioning of others concerning his honest motives.

Alice Blair whose past was known by Gregory realizes that some things need to be revitalized before the hour is overdue. But at what price?

Will love be rekindled or will there be another?

This read is a classic romantic gentle novel that will
Danielle Reily
May 04, 2012 Danielle Reily rated it liked it
I love Grace Livingston Hill's books, but they are a little old fashioned. In a lot of Hill's books the "good people" are very good, giving, caring, they don't smoke, wear make-up, dance, or drink, and they are attractive and intelligent. The "bad people" are very bad, they drink, smoke, drink, gamble, go out all night, they have multiple divoces, are immoddest, and while they can be portrayed as attractive and intelligent they usually end up being considered fake or false. It makes the plot and ...more
May 30, 2013 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Grace Livingston Hill book! I am so glad they are making a comeback. I really enjoyed this wonderful Christmas story.

The head nurse on the hospital floor was a bit arrogant and took things into her own hands a bit too soon. Greg brought Margaret into the hospital and paid her entire bill, setting her room up as a memorial to give poor people a nice room for free while in the hospital. When Margaret found out, she really made an idiot of herself. But Greg s
Oct 19, 2014 Jerry rated it really liked it
This is my first experience with classic Christian writer Grace Livingston Hill. I have to say, even though I'm not a huge fan of older literature other than the Bible, I really enjoyed it. It had a timeless appeal and quite a bit of old-school charm. If you're a fan of Christian fiction, you should definitely check Grace Livingston Hill's books out. Though she may have left this world decades ago, she lives on through her writings...and for good reason, too.
Not my favorite GLH book, but I did enjoy the story. This particular GLH story has surprisingly little character development--both protagonists are close to perfect from the very beginning, and the one conversion that occurs requires very little persuasion to reach that point. Overall, an enjoyable read but not very memorable.
Jun 10, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Christmas Bride

Excellent book about a man who suddenly becomes rich and can not understand how the world has changed in 10 years. After seeing a young lady collapse in the park, he provided for her care.

I highly recommend this book!
Gina Mcandrew
Jan 02, 2016 Gina Mcandrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good

This isn't my favorite book by the author, but is a pleasant read. As always, the author includes a strong gospel message.
Meredith Resce
I have loved reading Grace Livingston Hill in the past. She always writes in a bygone era - for the post modern reader. Of course it is her own era and therefore the attitude, language and Christian practice and ideals of the time are authentic. I admit that having recently been ruthlessly schooled on post modern writing styles, I was a bit distracted by her old fashioned writing style of telling, rather than showing. In the past this never bothered me, but I noticed it a lot this time. Still a ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Mollythepirate rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Written in 1934 and reprinted in 1994 with the most ridiculous cover possible. There was sparing use of slang, just the occasional, "Say, she's a crackerjack cook!" which actually tickled me quite a bit. Although I don't know anywhere I can check my bags for ten cents and buy a peanut butter sandwich for five cents anymore I thought this book felt pretty "new." Not too sappy but very cute.
Nov 06, 2010 Dianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of her best, but I liked the strong current of Biblical themes. I thought they got a bit extreme at times, but I liked to see how the heroine's grandparents trusted in God through their hard times, and how the newly married couple had strong values and convictions.
Margaret Boehm
Jan 13, 2014 Margaret Boehm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feb 12, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like these clean Christian romances by Grace Livingston Hill; however, I will say that her good characters are almost too perfect and her bad ones horribly evil, which can make them amusing although that's not the intent. They are well written though.
Apr 30, 2013 Tausha rated it liked it
Cute, clean read. This one was a little cheesy for me and very preachy, but still a cute read. The style of writing made more sense to me once I noticed the author actually lived (1865-1947). Glad I read it, but probably wouldn't read again.
May 22, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I liked this one, especially having read it around Christmas. It was wonderful to read about the relationship between two people who are Christians. It contains a bit of mystery along with adventure and romance. All in all, a good read.
Carrie Daws
Sep 23, 2013 Carrie Daws rated it really liked it
It's an older book and I had to adjust to the writing style. It's written in the omniscient point of view, which I also had to adapt to since I don't read many of those. But the story is sweet and the main characters charming.
Jan 22, 2008 Magma rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance lovers
ohmygosh! this is the first Grace Livingston Hill book I read when I was a kid! I still love this one the most probably.....or it's tied with The Enchanted Barn.

*after reading* I always love it every time I read this book.
Nov 11, 2014 Roberta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas-books
Another Christian love story culminating in a Christmas wedding. Somehow she pulls it off without being too, too sappy. BUT, I don't think I could read GLH any other time of the year.
Wilani Wahl
Mar 24, 2014 Wilani Wahl rated it it was amazing
I love Grace Livingston Hill and this book was true to the others. It is a wonderful book. Very clearly talks about the Lord and being a Christian.
Cassie ♥
Jan 02, 2009 Cassie ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many of Hill's novels two or three times. I based my reviews on how well I remembered them. Sweet memories!!
Mar 31, 2016 Mkrieg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very pure and sweet Christian love story. I was left with a happy feeling.
Sarah Cearley
Grace Livingston Hill is my guilty pleasure...
Sep 19, 2008 Graham rated it really liked it
This would be a great movie.
Jun 05, 2012 Annie rated it liked it
very predictable, but cute.
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also wrote under the pseudonym Marcia MacDonald
also published under the name Grace Livingston Hill Lutz

A popular author of her day, she wrote over 100 novels and numerous short stories of religious and Christian fiction. Her characters were most often young female ingénues, frequently strong Christian women or those who become so within the confines of the story.
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